Comparative Law as a Way of Life: For William P. Alford

18 Pages Posted: 9 Feb 2021 Last revised: 25 Feb 2021

Date Written: December 31, 2020


Published online in the Harvard International Law Journal, this short essay is a contribution to the Journal's Tribute to Professor William P. Alford. In the first part, it articulates four enduring challenges to comparative law methods. The second part summarizes the contribution that Professor Alford’s early work makes to facing those challenges. The third part pays a more personal tribute to Professor Alford.

Keywords: Comparative Law Theory

JEL Classification: K10, K30, K33, K40

Suggested Citation

Barrozo, Paulo, Comparative Law as a Way of Life: For William P. Alford (December 31, 2020). Harvard International Law Journal 2020 , Boston College Law School Legal Studies Research Paper 551, Available at SSRN: or

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